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Mayer N Zald
Regents' Proceedings 329

Mayer N. Zald, Ph.D., professor of sociology in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, professor of social work in the School of Social Work, and professor of business administration in the School of Business Administration, will retire from active faculty status on May 31, 2001, following a long and distinguished career as a teacher and researcher.

A native of the Detroit area, Professor Zald received his B.A. degree from the University of Michigan in 1953, his M.A. degree from the University of Hawaii in 1955, and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Michigan in 1961. He served on the faculties of the University of Chicago (1960-64) and Vanderbilt University (1964-77) before joining the University of Michigan as professor of sociology and professor of social work in 1977. Professor Zald served as chair of the sociology department from 1981-86 and again from 1990-92. He received the additional appointment as professor of business administration in 1989.

A superb and highly original researcher, Professor Zald is the author or editor of some 20 books and edited collections and nearly 80 articles, book chapters, and review essays. His work spans the fields of organizational studies, collective behavior, and social theory, and he has made lasting and distinguished contributions in each area. His research accomplishments have garnered numerous awards and prizes, including election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and his selection last year as the Distinguished Senior Faculty Lecturer in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.

Professor Zald is a committed and caring instructor who has exposed generations of undergraduates to the joys of intellectual inquiry. His warm and supportive style coupled with his probing analytical mind, have won over countless graduate students and colleagues alike. Professor Zald is renowned and revered for his generosity in contributing to the work of students, other scholars, and the wider intellectual communities of which he remains such a vital part.

The Regents now salute this distinguished and multi-talented scholar, teacher, and colleague by naming Mayer N. Zald professor emeritus of sociology, professor emeritus of social work, and professor emeritus of business administration.

Bio - The History of Social Work - Fellin

Mayer Zald received a joint appointment on arriving at the university as professor of social work and professor of sociology, later also becoming professor of business administration. He held a B.A. degree from Michigan, an M.A. degree from the University of Hawaii, and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. Before coming to Michigan, Zald served on the faculties of the University of Chicago and Vanderbilt University. Professor Zald provided a link between the Joint Doctoral Program in Social Work and Social Science and the Sociology Department, where he served for two terms as chair of the department.

In naming Zald professor emeritus of sociology, social work, and business administration in 2001, the regents noted, "A superb and highly original researcher, Professor Zald is the author or editor of some 20 books and edited collections and nearly 80 articles, book chapters, and review essays. His work spans the fields of organizational studies, collective behavior, and social theory, and he has made lasting and distinguished contributions in each area. His research accomplishments have garnered numerous awards and prizes, including election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and his selection as Distinguished Senior Faculty Lecturer in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. Professor Zald is renowned and revered for his generosity in contributing to the work of students, other scholars, and the wider intellectual communities of which he remains such a vital part" (Board of Regents, 2001).